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Old 01-06-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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Wink Fastest Meal I've Ever Made

I had some boneless pork chops thawed out - 4 in the package and they were about 3/4" thick. I decided to pan sear them. I heated some EVOO in a skillet on med-high and at the same time boiled water in a saucepan to make some couscous (Far East brand, in a box near the rice in the supermarket). Just after the water boiled, I put the couscous in and set aside (you remove it from heat to stand) and then put the 4 chops in the skillet, seasoned with salt & pepper, and partly covered with the skillet lid. Then I popped some canned green beans into the microwave with some butter. After the chops had cooked for about 4 minutes I turned them with a spatula and cooked them another 3-4 minutes, also partially covered with the skillet lid. This kept the oil from spattering everywhere and also kept the moisture in.

I promise, this meal was DONE in like 10-15 minutes and it was wonderful. The pork was perfect and moist - not overcooked at all. The couscous had a oil & garlic flavor packet in it and was very tasty, and the green beans were the perfect vegetable accompaniment. I know its all very plain, but it was fast and very tasty! Hubby was thrilled. I don't know if he will let me cook chops any other way now.

Just wanted to share my TNT quickie meal with y'all.


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Old 01-06-2009, 08:37 PM   #2
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Sounds real good!

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Old 01-06-2009, 09:41 PM   #3
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My mom use to do her pork chops like that, but about 5 min til done she would add some good red wine and lots of black pepper, cover and finish, these were so good I hadn't thought of them for years til you mentioned how you had done you chops tonight...Thanks
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:46 PM   #4
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I've had good success dry-searing pork chops in a scorching Cast iron for ~45secs first side, flip and throw in oven for ~5mins @ 350 to finish.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:37 AM   #5
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Wow. I'm lucky if stuff I cook on the stove takes under an hour! I must say that pork chop dinner really sounds awfully good.
Maybe one day I'll have a real stove. Then I'll have to learn how to cook all over again!
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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Funny, I made a similar meal a few days ago. Boiled water in a kettle and poured over couscous and let sit. Threw some thawed, precooked shrimp into a skillet with olive oil and garlic for a few minutes. during those minutes I cut up a tomato and some parsley and mixed into cous cous. Dumped shrimp over cous cous. deglazed pan with white wine. added cream, little lemon juice, salt, pepper and poured rendered sauce over everything. Took maximum 7 minutes for everything. Cous cous is great for quick fixes.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:55 PM   #7
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probably am cheating, two minutes for bean and ham soup to heat up. pouring a glass of milk while it heated. grabbed a sleeve of crackers. so bout three min. for all. lol, but really think i cheated.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:16 AM   #8
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Flukx, Far East couscous is my very favorite fast food for home cooking. Pour a little stock over it (if you buy the unflavored one, otherwise the seasonings are already there). You can make it into a one dish meal by adding leftover chopped meat, nuts, raisins (or other dried fruit), capers, peppers, scallions, your favorite seasonings, olive oil or butter, feta cheese, peas, (in other words, whatever is leftover in your fridge) and you have a full, nutritious meal ... in less than 15 minutes.
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:15 PM   #9
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seems to be really good.will try surely
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:26 PM   #10
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Peanut butter out of the jar, milk out of the carton. Done in 12 seconds.

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